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D.C. appeals court temporarily suspends ex-Trump lawyer’s law license

John Eastman

The D.C. Court of Appeals has temporarily suspended the law license of former President Trump’s ex-lawyer following a similar order made in late March by a California State Bar Court.

Former Trump attorney John Eastman’s license is suspended in D.C. pending a final disposition in the California court proceedings, chief judge of the D.C. Court of Appeals, Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, said in an order filed on Friday.


A Columbia professor wanted to document history. NYPD arrested him outside his home

Columbia professor arrested

Gregory Pflugfelder had just finished the final class of his career at Columbia. In 28 years at the university, he achieved many accolades as a professor of history who taught a popular course on Japanese monsters – mostly focused on Godzilla and "the role of the monstrous in the cultural imagination."

He didn't know it, but a cultural monster of sorts would soon be at his door.

The next night, on Tuesday, the 64-year-old silver-haired scholar stepped outside his apartment building, located off campus across the street from Columbia. He wanted to record iPhone video of hundreds of police responding to historic student protests against Israel’s war in Gaza. Fifteen minutes later, the NYPD arrested him.


Hope Hicks tells hush-money jury of Trump’s control over 2016 campaign

Hope Hicks testifies

Hope Hicks, Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign press secretary, broke into tears on Friday while testifying in the ex-president’s New York criminal hush-money trial, hours after she described his complete control over the campaign.

Hicks, who cut a skittish figure in Judge Juan Merchan’s courtroom, is a key prosecution witness. She described Trump campaign staffers’ panic when a recording emerged in which Trump bragged about groping women. “This was a crisis” for his presidential bid, she said, describing the sentiment among the campaign staff.

Hicks also placed Trump squarely at the center of his campaign media strategy, telling jurors “we were all just following his lead”. The testimony marks a turning point for prosecutors, as she is the first Trump staffer with intimate knowledge of Trump’s campaign to testify about his alleged misconduct.


SEC charges Trump Media auditor with ‘massive fraud’

Trump media auditor charged with fraud

The auditor for former president Donald Trump’s Trump Media was accused of running a “massive fraud” and a “sham audit mill” by the US’s top financial regulator on Friday.

BF Borgers and its owner Benjamin Borgers, whose clients include Trump Media, were charged by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with a fraud that affected more than 1,500 SEC filings. Borgers has also acted for financial tech and crypto companies, SEC filings show.

BF Borgers agreed to pay a $12m civil penalty, and Benjamin Borgers agreed to pay a $2m civil penalty, to settle the SEC’s civil charges. They also agreed to permanent suspensions from practicing as accountants on SEC filings, effective immediately.


Trump’s jury hears audio proof he knew about the McDougal catch-and-kill

Trump jury hears audio proof he knew of catch and kill

Late in the afternoon, prosecutors played an audio recording of a phone conversation between Donald Trump and his attorney and fixer Michael Cohen openly discussing in September 2016 the plan to keep former Playboy model Karen McDougal from telling her story about her alleged affair with Trump.

“I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David,” Cohen says on the September 2016 tape.

That tape has been out in the public since 2018, but it’s the first time the jury is hearing it. The David in question here seems to be National Enquirer boss David Pecker, who testified earlier in the trial that he bought McDougal’s silence after offering to help Trump’s campaign. And it makes clear that Trump knew about that plot – giving credence to the idea that he was involved in the scheme to keep adult film star Stormy Daniels quiet about her alleged affair with Trump as well.


Close to 300 ex-Obama-Biden staffers call to suspend military assistance to Israel

Staffers ask fpr Bidem to end military aid to Israel

Philip Martin, a former Obama-Biden administration staffer, says he feels betrayed by President Joe Biden’s “unconditional support” for Israel as it continues its attack in Gaza, almost seven months after the terrorist group Hamas killed 1,200 people in Israel and took 250 hostages.

Martin, a former director in the U.S. Department of Education, told USA TODAY he’d joined the Obama campaign in 2008 because he was furious that the Bush administration had “hijacked" the country's pain to justify kill civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But now, he says Biden is having a similar effect with his Israel foreign policy.

“Seeing the Biden administration provide unconditional support to the Israeli war machine that is killing, displacing, starving, and otherwise terrorizing Palestinian civilians makes me just as furious and feels like a betrayal,” he said.


Trump won't commit to accepting Wisconsin election results if he loses

Trump will not commit to accepting lossFormer President Donald Trump on Wednesday didn't commit to accepting the results of Wisconsin's presidential election in November if he does not win and again promoted the falsehood that he won the Badger State in 2020.

The former president said he would accept the results of the November election showing he lost "if everything's honest."

"If everything's honest, I'd gladly accept the results," Trump said in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, part of the USA TODAY Network. "If it's not, you have to fight for the right of the country.

"But if everything's honest, which we anticipate it will be – a lot of changes have been made over the last few years – but if everything's honest, I will absolutely accept the results," he said.

He offered similar conditions when asked the same question by news outlets in 2016 and 2020.


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